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british film stars to hollywood executive autos tonight on "world news," security scare. we broke the story here on abc. a man flies cross-country using a stolen boarding pass. how did he beat the system? and on another flight, a stowaway scorpion unleashes its sting. personal revelation. presidential candidate michele bachmann shares the story of her miscarriage. how it changed her. what it means for her rising campaign. healthy living. the new thinking about heart disease. why intense exercise even after a heart attack might just be the answer. and, royal welcome. the world's most famous newlyweds come our way on their first foreign tour. the clothes, the crowds and their party plans for california.
good evening. we begin tonight with a stunning security breach at one of america's busiest airports. a story we broke first on abc news. a nigerian man talked his way through security checkpoints with an invalid i.d., someone else's day-old boarding pass and ten more stolen boarding passes in his suitcase. so how did he manage to fly y om new york to l.a.? why did it take days to arrest him? and what does this security breakdown mean for all of us? traveling this holiday weekend. abc's lisa stark covers aviation for us and she starts us off from reagan national airport in washington. good evening, lisa. >> reporter: good evening, george. well, it wasn't just one security failure, but according to government documents, a whole series of failures that allowed a man without a government i.d. and with an apparently stolen boarding pass to get on a virgin america flight friday night. that flight, from new york to los angeles. the first security failure happened at new york's jfk airport, right at the tsa
checkpoint. tsa screeners failed to stop nigerian born olajide noibi, even though he had no driver's license or passport, just a student i.d. and the boarding? it was in a different name. what's worse, the date on the boarding pass was wrong, too. it said june 23rd. noibi used it on the 24th. this picture is believed to be noibi. after he sailed through the cument check, he did go through standard screening. the tsa says he was clear, no prohibited items. but then, security breakdown number two. at the gate itself. that boarding pass, for the wrong day, wasaslso for the wrong flight. it said flight 413. he boarded flight 415. virgin america admits its gate agent let him on. joseph morris used to run security at jfk airport. >> we can have the best technology. you can have the best processes
and plans, but again it comes down to the human factor and human error. >> reporter: once on board, niobi seated himself comfortably in a premium seat. he was ultimately confronted by a flight attendant. after seeing the invalid documents, the crew nototied authorities from the cockpit. law enforcement met the plane, talked to noibi, but amazingly, let him go. until yesterday, a full five days later, when he was picked up at the los angeles airport, trying to pull the same stunt on a delta flight. the fbi swooped in. noibi was carrying at least ten other boarding passes in various names. >> and now it's almost ten years since september 11th, and the most basic element of security has been breached. it's inexcusable. >> reporter: officials believe they have no reason to believe noibi is a terrorist. but there is no doubt, they say, he has exposed some major flaws in the system. >> so, lisa, what difference will this make in airline security right now?
>> reporter: well, interestingly, george, i just heard an overhead page saying if you left your boarding pass here at the gate, at the checkpoint, plplse come back and get it. so, they are trying to be careful today. you can get that the word has gone out. they don't want something like this to happen again. all of this is under investigation, and meanwhile, the person who got on that plane, mr. noibi is charged with being a stowaway. >> okay, so, a lot more vigilance this holiday weekend. >> reporter: absolutely. >> lisa stark, thank you very much. and how is this for a flight scare? a poisonous scorpion got loose in mididr, stinging a man on an alaska airlines flight. jeff ellis was trying to sleep when he felt something crawling up his sleeve, then it stung. doctors on board checked him out, and he'll be fine. not the scorpion, of course. which probably boarded in austin, texas, where the flight originated. next, , some stinging political talk. the president took on congressional republicans yesterday for walking out of negotiations to raise the country's debt limit, before that august 2nd deadline. this afternoon, they fired back. >> maybe if he would just take a valium and calm down and come
on down and talk to us, it might be helpful. >> so, with the deadline proaching, are both sides moving farther apart? i put that question to white house chief of staff bill daly. the president sure was feisty yesterday. didn't hide his feelings at all about how he felt about getting this done. but are you concerned at all that he might have driven the sides further apart? >> the president was very forceful yesterday, because he believes that we've got some tough choices to be made. and this is not a time to kind of just fool around anymore. but try to get the conclusion on a serious problem for the nation. this is not a time to worry about feelings. this this a time to get results. >> reporter: how firm is this august 2nd deadline? >> that's really a mathematical queseson. on what exact day are you unable to pay your bills? i think just the specter of, maybe we can go another day, two more days, is crazy, because the fact of the matter is, we're getting down to the point where the credibility of the united states, financial credibility, is going to be in question.
>> today, the senate did cancel its 4th of july break to work on this. and the debt standoff is just one of the topics on the mind of a man who knows something about budget showdowns. former president bill clinton. abc's jake tapper had an exclusive interview with clinton in chicago, where he is proposinina jobs plan and budget strategy. >> reporter: president clinton proposed a solution to the current budget led deadlock. do they have any point to make, in terms of taxes, could harm this very fragile recovery? >> sure, today. but that's not what the point they're making. every argument that the republicans can make for now's not a good time to raise taxes is also true for now's not a good time to cut spending. what i'd like to see them do is, agree on the outlines of a ten year plan, and agree not to start either the revenue hikes or the spending cuts until we've got this recovery under way.
>> reporter: for the first time, the former president is focusing his clinton global initiative conference entirely on creating jobs in the u.s. among the items they've discussed is the unbelievable number of jobs that remain unfilled in the u.s. because workers do not have the skills. >> there are more than 3 million posted job openings today. those jobs are being filled at only half the pace they were filled in previous recession. >> reporter: at the same time unemployment is 9%. >> you got it. so, just think about it. if we had 3 million people working, unemployment would be more than two points lower than it is. and america would be in a very different place psychologically. i think that there will be something the president can do with that, that won't require a lot of new money. just being extremely flexible e about how to take the money we've got and hire more people quickly. >> reporter: but even with his focus on jobs, the former president is keeping an eye on politics. put on your pundit hat for one cond. how do you see it shaping up?
>> no, i don't think i'm well ininrmed enough to make a judgment about that. >> reporter: i do not believe that. >> you know, the ones i like are the ones you think are more moderate, because i think they're a little more connected the real world. >> reporter: jon huntsman? >> he's refreshingly kind of -- comes across as non-ideological. conservative, but practical. i think governor romney's doing a better job as a candidate this time than he did four years ago. i'm not surprised by how well michele bachmann's done. i've been watching her speak. she comes across as a real person. >> reporter: ever the political junkie. jake tapper, abc news, chicago. and one of the reasons michele bachmann comes across as a real person is because she's willing to share so much about her personal life. last night, she opened up about suffering a miscarriage, a first for a presidential candidate. abc's sharyn alfonsi has more on the candidate who is putting her family's struggles and joys at
the center of her campaign. >> reporter: it happened at a packed town hall meeting in south carolina. >> after our second chchd was born, we became pregnant with a third baby. and it was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. and the child was coming along, and we ended up losing that child. >eporter: the crowd stood still at attenenon. >> and it was devastating for both of us, as you can imagine, if any of you have lost a child. >> reporter: bachmann said the experience changed us forever, leading her and her husband to help raise 23 foster children along with five biological children, shaping her anti-abortion view. >> we made a commitment that no matter how many children were brought into our life, we woulul receive them, because we're committed to life. >> reporter: bachmann, getting personal about a topic rarely discussed publicly in politics. george w. bush wrote about his mother's miscarriage in his memoir and how it shaped his political views, but not until after he left office. on the other side of the aisle,
congresswoman jackie spear revealed she had an abortion. >> and that procedure that you just talk about was a procedure that i endured. >> reportete to a hushed chamber during a debate over planned parenthood funding. it's the type of revelation that voters take notice. >> we're always trying to get to who this person really is, instead of all of the media slickness. >> reporter: still, bachmann's revelation is a first for presidential politics. >> look, when you're running for president, everything has a political component, but that >> reporter: today, bachmann is receiving praise for her candor. >> breaking a barrier of silence is almost always good for everybody, for women, as well as for men who have gone through the same things with them. >> reporter: by talking about the pain so many women often suffer silently. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. and, the latest royal stars are coming to america. the duke and duchess of cambridge, will and kate, kicked
off an 11-day, 8-still tour today that will take them through canada and then to los angeles on jug 8th. it's the couple's first official overseas trip and will be kaka's first time ever in the u.s. abc's bob woodruff was in ottawa today to see the royal newlyweds touch down. >> reporter: the royal couple arrived to a boisterous welcome. >> we love this country. we've been looking forward to this moment for a very long time. >> reporter: first stop, the national war memorial, where they laid a wreath and some flowers. then, it was a stroll down a street, surrounded by those eager to wave a flag and catch a glimpse of the electrifying couple. >> amazing. amazing to see a real girl's fairy tale come true. >> reporter: to get a sense of how popular this couple has become in canada, you should know that exactly a year ago, queen elizabeth was here. about 100,000 people lined the streets to see her. the estimate this time? about a million. today, canada flew a newly created flag for the prince, and
in place of its own. while all eyes are on catherine and her style. on this trip, she'll be wearing no fewer than 40 different outfits in just 11 days. >> everything they do, everything they touch at the moment is midas. it just turns to gold. >> reporter: in polls, many brits and canadians say they would prefer it if prince william would ascend the throne instead of his father, prince charles. it is a new generation. >> i think i would like to see him on the throne. i really do. i think he connects well with the people, so -- i think he would do a good job. >> reporter: without question, this couple really has revitalized the monarchy here. in fact, prince actually spoke in french here today, in this y bi-lingual country. he fumbled a little bit over the words, but his pronunciation was very clear. in fact, it was so clear that people out in the crowd really cheered for him. >> i'll bet they did. okay, bob, thanks very much. and still ahead on "world news," the defense rests in the casey anthony murder trial. why the star witness d d not take the stand.
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>> it's already working. and we learned about the arkansas delta made group thanks to the clinton global initiative. for diane sawyer and all of us at abc news, thank you for watching tonight. we're always on at abcnews.com. be sure to check out "nightline" later to see some extreme athletes push themselves to the edge of human endurance. i'll see you tomorrow on "gma." have a good night. a penny saved is a penny spent. bay area businesses gear up for a one-cent sales tax reduction. >> a lot of shock. you know? everybody is in a state of shock. >> budget axe falls at the san jose pd. tonight dozens of officers turned in their badges. >> the search for a missing student from india brings los
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